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Red-hot Madrid celebrates ’win’ over Barcelona at Camp Nou

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 min 41 sec ago
MADRID --- Things couldn't be going much better for Real Madrid. Even the draws are feeling like victories. Madrid was celebrating Saturday's 1-1 draw against Barcelona at Camp Nou, which kept the team with a comfortable advantage over its rival atop the Spanish league. "This point feels like a win," Real Madrid left back Marcelo said. "We fought hard and gave our best playing away against a tough rival. We never gave up. We knew that a point here would really help us." Sergio Ramos' dramatic 90th-minute header kept Madrid six points ahead of Barcelona after 14 rounds, and extended the rival's series of disappointing results. The Catalan club has drawn three consecutive leag...

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DepEd creates support unit to speed up delivery of services, fund use

Inquirer Breaking News - 22 min 57 sec ago
MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) is creating a new unit that will help address bottlenecks and financial management pressures that have prevented the agency from delivering basic education services to Filipinos especially in far-flung areas. Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the creation of the Education Programs Delivery Unit (EDPU) in the DepEd was an "urgent initial step" to provide additional support to the implementation of its programs and operations in light of the hefty budget hikes the agency received in recent years. The setting up of the EDPU was approved in principle by the DepEd's executive committee in late October, said Briones. It is expect...

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Matos says URCC fight with Geisler was ‘fake’

Inquirer Breaking News - 39 min 14 sec ago
You think that the URCC (Universal Reality Combat Championship)fight between indie actors Baron Geisler and Kiko Matos last June 245 was for real? Think again.Geisler, who recently figured in a urinating incident on the set of the film "Bubog," has admitted via a Facebook post that the fight was a part of a documentary film and book he would soon be releasing. In other words, the whole fight, which received much publicity,was just a stunt, or a put-on. His Facebook post reads: "So that all may know: Recent events have put 'Project Beastmode'in a difficult situation. While many have speculated that certain events that unfolded early this year may have been orchestrated, w...

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P4.76B in resources pooled for Brigada Eskwela

Inquirer Breaking News - 56 min 52 sec ago
MANILA -- The Department of Education (DepEd) said on Sunday, it has generated P4.76 billion worth of resources from this year's Brigada Eskwela, a 31.5-percent jump from the figures recorded in 2015. It also reported that the annual cleanup and maintenance activity in 2016 drew more than 11.6 million volunteers, who gave their time and effort in preparing the more than 46,000 public schools nationwide for the opening of classes in June. "This is an upward pull of 31.8 percent compared to the year 2015's 8.871 million [volunteers]," said DepEd External Partnerships Services director Margarita Ballesteros during the 2016 National Brigada Eskwela Awards held in Dumaguete City las...

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Camp Nou far from a safe haven for Barcelona this season

Inquirer Breaking News - 57 min 16 sec ago
MADRID (AP) --- Playing at Camp Nou hasn't always been a pleasant experience for Barcelona this season. The Catalan club is used to thriving at the stadium no matter the opponent, but Saturday's heartbreaking draw against rival Real Madrid in the Spanish league was just the latest disappointing setback at home for the two-time defending champions. The late equalizer by Madrid defender Sergio Ramos handed Barcelona its third consecutive draw, and second in a row at Camp Nou. In seven home league matches this season, it won only three times and endured an embarrassing 2-1 loss to promoted Alaves in the third round. "We are losing more points than usual at home," Barcelona coac...

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‘Felix Manalo’ named best picture at 64th Famas Awards

Inquirer Breaking News - 1 hour 49 min ago
"Felix Manalo," a historical biographical film dramatizing the life of the late Iglesia Ni Cristo leader, was the winner of the best picture trophy at the 64th Famas (Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences) Awards ceremony on Sunday night. Its director Joel Lamangan and lead star Dennis Trillo also brought home the best director and best actor awards, respectively. Andi Eigenmann bagged the best actress trophy for her performance in the Carlo J. Caparas film "Angela Markado." She dedicated her victory to "all the women who have fallen down but have managed to stand back up again." "No matter what happens, don't give up. The Lord will always show you that you're meant fo...

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Chinese back in gov’t custody, denies bribery

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 12 min ago
A Chinese national, who was among those arrested two weeks ago at a casino illegally operating at Clark Freeport in Pampanga province and one of those who escaped, returned on Friday to the custody of the Bureau of Immigration (BI). In a statement issued by the BI, Liang Kun, 24, debunked allegations that he and the others were intentionally allowed to escape by their guards in exchange for bribes. With the aid of an interpreter, Kun told BI personnel that he left the holding facility at Fontana Convention Center because he just wanted to go outside, take a shower and rest in the villa where he lived while working at the casino. Kun vehemently denied insinuations that he bribed ...

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Albuera mayor buried

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 13 min ago
ALBUERA, LEYTE---Grief and sadness pervaded this town as their murdered mayor, Rolando Espinosa Sr., was buried at a Catholic cemetery on Sunday afternoon. Close to 1,500 supporters of the 54-year-old mayor joined the funeral procession at noon after a Mass at Saint James Parish Church. Espinosa was killed during an alleged shootout with the members of the regional Criminal Investigation and Detection Group on Nov. 5 at the Leyte subprovincial jail in Baybay City. "He was really a good man and always ready to help us his people whenever we came to him for help," said Veronica Alajas, 32. She and other residents of Mahayag, the farthest barangay in Albuera more than 5 kilomete...

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Trump shrugs off fuss over Taiwan call

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 17 min ago
BEIJING --- President-elect Donald Trump is unapologetic about roiling diplomatic waters with his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan's leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China. The United States has severed diplomatic ties with the self-governing island since 1979 but has maintained close unofficial relations and a commitment to support its defense. Trump's conversation with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen drew an irritated, although understated, response from China, as Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Saturday that the contact was "just a small trick by Taiwan" that he believed would not change US policy toward China. "The one-China ...

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Phoenix fuel barely lasts

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 19 min ago
Considering that they had just brought down the PBA Philippine Cup's team to beat a few nights back, Phoenix Petroleum coach Ariel Vanguardia knows that this is not the way to beat the lowliest team in the lot. Vanguardia is going to nip the problem in the bud, before it turns into a bad habit and bites them when it matters most. The Fuel Masters opened up a 30-point lead over Mahindra in the fourth period only to relax in the last nine minutes, settling for a 114-104 victory that only succeeded on putting a frown on Vanguardia's face Sunday night at Mall of Asia Arena. "I am definitely not happy with the way we ended this game," Vanguardia said. Barangay Ginebra was a lot more eff...

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Trump’s call inspires hopes in Taiwan, concern in China

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
TAIPEI --- With a 10-minute phone call and two tweets, Donald Trump inspired banner headlines and renewed hopes across Taiwan for a stronger partnership with the United States, while also inflaming the complex relationships between the United States, mainland China and the self-governing island that China regards as a renegade province. Whether the US president-elect meant to jump into the generational fight between China and Taiwan remains an open question. But by speaking to Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, Trump upended four decades of American foreign policy and engaged China directly on the issue of Taiwan, which Beijing has threatened to reclaim by force if necessary. '...

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Parks scores 30, Alab Pilipinas posts first win in ABL

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 23 min ago
Alab Pilipinas drew another stat-stuffing showing from Ray Parks to turn backnewcomer Kaohsiung Truth, 92-81, for its first win in the Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Star Arena in Baliuag, Bulacan. Parksdazzled anew with 30 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks to lead the Philippines, which bounced back from a 71-66 home loss to Singapore last week in Bian, Laguna. READ: Visiting Slingers spoil Parks, Alab Pilipinas' ABL debut The 23-year-old Parks, a two-time UAAP MVP out of National University, has been doing it all for Alab Pilipinas averaging 24.5 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 blocks in his first two games. Asean import Lawrence Domin...

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Comelec: absentee voting open to undocumented OFWs

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 36 min ago
Even undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) may register with the Philippine Embassy of their host country to be able to participate and vote in the 2019 midterm elections. Commission on Elections (Comelec) Commissioner Arthur Lim said an undocumented OFW may register as an "overseas absentee voter" provided they are living abroad and they are there during elections, at least 18 years of age, and do not suffer any disqualification imposed by law. "The law does not impose on a requirement that you should be a legally documented alien," Lim said. The registration for the overseas absentee voting for the 2019 midterm elections started on Dec. 1. Filipinos working or livin...

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CTA affirms P934-M tax refund to SMC

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 39 min ago
The Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) has affirmed a November 2014 decision ordering the government to refund San Miguel Corp. P934.12 million representing overpayments of excise taxes on its light-branded beer.   Voting 7-1, the tax court in an en banc decision dated Nov. 28 affirmed that San Mig Light was a separate brand of beer that should have been assessed lower excise taxes than the older San Miguel Beer Pale Pilsen brand.   The case stemmed from the Bureau of Internal Revenue's imposition of an excise tax of P17.64 per liter on San Mig Light which it considered as a "variant" of the Pale Pilsen brand.   Arguing that SML should have been taxed as a "new b...

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Ex-Davao Oriental mayor gets 10 years

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 41 min ago
The Sandiganbayan has sentenced a twice-convicted Davao Oriental politician to a fresh term of up to 10 years in jail after finding him guilty of graft for purchasing P196,900 worth of medicines without public bidding. In a 21-page decision dated Nov. 21, the court's Fourth Division held former Baganga Mayor Gerry Morales liable for violation of Section 3(e) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Municipal accountant Emeritos Jovilla, treasurer Francisco Jimenez, and general service officer Reymundo Escamillan were also found guilty over the emergency purchase of 110 boxes of deworming medicine in July 2001. Morales, an incumbent councilor, and his three coaccused were sen...

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19 NDF consultants join hunger strike

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 46 min ago
ILOILO CITY---At least 19 consultants of the National Democratic Front have limited their food intake to call for the release of 432 political prisoners all over the country. Some were taking only one square meal a day while the others, especially the elderly, had two square meals per day. They also partook of crackers and water in between meals. One of them was an ailing 65-year-old alleged rebel leader of Panay Island. The consultants, many of them in their 50s and 60s, took turns in fasting from Dec. 3 to 10, the International Human Rights Day. "We resorted to fasting because of the repeated broken promises of the government peace panel to work out the release of political...

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Parojinogs want graft case junked

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 50 min ago
Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr. and his daughter have asked the Sandiganbayan to throw out a graft case filed against them for lack of probable cause. Parojinog was accused of violating Section 3(h) of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act for awarding a gymnasium renovation project in 2008 to Parojinog & Sons Construction Co. (PSCC), a firm owned by his children. His daughter and co-accused Nova Princess Parojinog was the firm's managing partner. She is now the city's vice mayor. In a 30-page motion filed on Nov. 29, the Parojinogs argued that the Office of the Ombudsman erroneously applied the 2009 revised implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Governm...

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PH seeks Bangladesh help on heist

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 52 min ago
The Philippines has asked Bangladesh to share details of its investigation into an $81-million cyberheist from the Bangladesh central bank after the proceeds ended up in Manila, the finance department said on Sunday. The money was shifted electronically from Bangladesh Bank's account with the US Federal Reserve to a Makati branch of Rizal Commercial Banking Corp. (RCBC), from where it was funneled into local casinos in February. Officials from both countries met in Manila last week to discuss efforts to recover the rest of the funds. The Bangladeshi delegation thanked the Philippines for returning $15 million, the finance department said in a statement. Finance Secretary Carl...

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WHO eyes medicine to lower HIV risk

Inquirer Breaking News - 2 hours 55 min ago
The World Health Organization (WHO) is considering providing people most at risk of acquiring human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) with a medicine that would lower their chances of getting infected with the disease. Men having sex with men (MSM) and those engaged in transactional sex are among the sectors that could be eligible to use the Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) to combat HIV, said Dr. Gundo Weiler, WHO country representative in the Philippines. PrEP is an HIV medicine that is the combination of "tenofovir and emtricitabine." It must be taken daily in order to lower the chances of contracting HIV. "We are facing a situation that is very alarming in terms of infections. So,...

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Andanar: PH-US ties up for reboot

Inquirer Breaking News - 3 hours 1 min ago
Relations between the United States and the Philippines could have a "reboot" under President-elect Donald Trump, a Malacaang official said yesterday. Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar predicted a thawing of US-Philippines ties after President Rodrigo Duterte's seven-minute phone conversation on Saturday with the newly elected US leader "went very well." "It showed that there is a big possibility that we will have a reboot of relationship," Andanar told the state-owned dzRB radio station. "And from what President Duterte told us, it seems he would be comfortable with President-elect Donald Trump (who) wished the President well in his campaign against illeg...

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